The History of St James's Services

Services


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As different vicars came and went various changes were made to the pattern of church services.  

The History of General Services at St James's

There have been many changes and developments in all the different church services through the years. Have a look at St James's Church Services through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017. Also have a look at St James's Day through the years.

Derek's inductionThe Revd Derek Winterburn became our tenth vicar on 8th November 2016. Have a look at The Institution and Induction of the Revd Derek Winterburn and see the photo album, Our New Vicar

Many of the sermons were recorded on the new sound system and then uploaded onto the website. The latest ones can be heard from the page Sermons.

Early in 2018 the vicar introduced a 'popular' hymn, generally for when the Sunday School had rejoined the congregation. This was often taken from the book 'Songs of Fellowship' and the children were able to join in more easily.
The welcomers in church on a Sunday morning and the vergers at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other services were given name tags to wear which identified them as being welcoming helpers. 

Songs of Praisea service of hymns chosen by the congregation proved very popular. 

From March 2020, at the very beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, St James's, alongside all churches, had to close for public worship but private prayer was allowed for a short time before the churches had to close completely.
The church bells were rung for the festivals during lockdown, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Trinity and St James's Day. They were also rung on VE Day as bells were rung nationally that day.
From March 2020, every week during the Covid-19 Pandemic Derek provided an online 9.30am service in place of the usual Parish Communion. This could be watched on Facebook and YouTube. Different people recorded different parts of the service, like readings and prayers, organ music was recorded by Thom and choral music was recorded individually by choir members. Thom put all the music together, sent it all to Derek and finally Derek put everything together, including appropriate backgrounds to create very sophisticated services. This weekly service became very popular reaching many new people, with sometimes more than 200 viewers.
Following these Sunday services a virtual coffee morning was held on Zoom. 
From June 15th we opened for supervised private individual prayer twice a week. Time slots could be booked online and social distancing, hand sanitising and face mask wearing were strictly observed.
Although church buildings were allowed to reopen for public worship from 4th July, the PCC decided to keep to the then current systems throughout July.
St James's first open Sunday Parish Communion was on August 2nd. Again time slots could be booked online and social distancing, hand sanitising and face mask wearing were strictly observed.
Also from August on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Morning Prayer was held at 9am and on Thursdays at 10am a short Holy Communion service was held. Social distancing, hand sanitising and face mask wearing were again strictly observed. At this time booked slots for private prayer stopped but individuals could ask Derek if needed.

These bullet points only show some information from this period. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting Reports show the latest reports from most teams and groups.

The History of  Family Worship at St James's 

There have been designated children's services since the earliest days as maintaining children's interest has always been important to St James's. Have a look at Family Worship through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

From December 2016 the occasional All Age services were sometimes held at 11am or 10am instead of 9.30am. These services were designed to be more informal and accessible for children, without Holy Communion and often using the new overhead screen. 
Together at Eleven', a service created to meet especially the needs of families was launched in April 2017. Everyone stayed together in church for worship, teaching and prayer.
In the spring 2017 there was a highly successful pet service to give thanks to God for all animals. Pets were welcomed for a blessing. There were hymns, stories and prayers and afterwards both pets and owners enjoyed refreshments. See the photo album, Pet Service. This popular service was repeated the following year.
From March 2020, every week during the Covid-19 pandemic the usual Together at Eleven service was held on Zoom.

These bullet points only show some information from 2017. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting Reports show the latest reports from most teams and groups.

The History of Supporting the Services at St James's 

These bullet points only show some information from this period. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting Reports show the latest reports from most teams and groups.
 

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